Yate rogue waste disposal man dumped rubbish in country lanes
A ROGUE waste disposal man who dumped rubbish in country lanes after he had been paid to dispose of it has been given a suspended jail sentence.
John Hegarty, formerly of Fox Avenue in Yate, pleaded guilty to three fly-tipping charges at Bristol Crown Court yesterday after a lengthy and complex investigation by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team.
The 28-year-old dumped waste at Rockhampton, Abson and Doynton, after being paid up to £150 a time to dispose of it.
Between August 2017 and November last year he ran a business known as Ever Green Tree & Gardening Services and Rubbish Removal, attracting work through cold-calling and delivering leaflets.
The investigation found that in Hegarty was paid £140 to collect waste from a restaurant that was being refurbished in Calne in Wiltshire in August 2017. The waste was later found dumped in Lodge Road, Abson and Ham Lane, Doynton.
The second incident saw Hegarty paid £150 to collect household waste in Bristol which was later found in Woodend Lane, Rockhampton, below.
He was interviewed under caution in February and admitted the offences.
Hegarty, now living in Wales, was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence, a four month curfew and ordered to pay £950.
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will be relentless in our attempts to identify and prosecute individuals who break the law in this manner.
“Our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire means that anyone who fly-tips here is up to five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country. We want people to realise that fly-tipping really isn’t worth the risk and to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner.
“I encourage anyone who has information in relation to instances of fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire to get in touch with our Envirocrime team who will investigate the matter further.”
Residents and businesses are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency-registered waste carrier, who will have a certificate they can show.
The council has urged people to avoid offers of cheap waste clearance on sites such as Facebook and Gumtree unless they are registered with the Environment Agency.
Fly-tipping can be reported online at www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000.